On my cell phone, I have apps for CBC and CTV news.
A few times a day, these apps will push notifications to me, bringing stories to my attention.
One type of notifications, which always breaks my heart to receive, is when it is an Amber Alert.
These are notifications where a child has gone missing, and the public are asked to be on the lookout.
Neighbourhoods, communities, cities, provinces, and even the entire country are enlisted in the search for a missing child.
One search coordinator who has helped look for missing children was once quoted as saying: “I don’t think there’s a square foot in this town that doesn’t have footprints.”
When children go missing, people go looking.
When children go missing, parents go looking.
And that’s what God has done.
There’s not a square foot on earth that doesn’t have His footprints.
He began searching for His children the moment Adam and Eve made a choice and lost their way.
He sent His Son to “seek and save what was lost” (Luke 19:10).
Today He sends His Church.
In Acts 1:8 we find His search and rescue plan: “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”
Jesus sent the disciples into the middle of Jerusalem and told them to wait.
While they were waiting, a crowd gathered for Pentecost.
Some estimate Jerusalem swelled to over one million people during this time.
The Holy Spirit came on them, Peter preached, and the Church swelled from 120 to over 3,000.
But it didn’t stop there.
The devoted themselves to “the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer” (Acts 2:42).
That first church in Jerusalem grounded its people in the Word, in deep community, to sharing meals and sharing Christ, and to prayer.
They had to.
The task at hand was too big for them to accomplish on their own.
They needed each other.
They needed God.
That hasn’t changed, has it?
We still have the same commission to be witnesses for Jesus in our Jerusalems and in our world.
We are still called to the Word, to love each other, to share life, and to prayer.
And we are still searching for those who have lost their way.
We are still searching because the Father still has children who are missing.
So receive the power that God’s Holy Spirit has for you.
And then go on a search and rescue mission.
Let’s not leave a square foot without our footprints.